The New Model 3 dominated target competitions in the late 1800s, and are found in the serial number range below 4,333. Of the 4,333 target variations manufactured, only 1,413 were chambered in .38-44 caliber. It has target sights, two-line barrel rib marking ending with the reissue patent date, right grip panel renumbered to gun, and matching serial numbers on the butt, 1 7/16 inch cylinder, barrel, and barrel latch. Comes with a period correct and proper scarce shoulder stock featuring nickel plated attaching hardware and hard rubber S&W buttplate. Provenance: The Dr. Gerald Klaz Collection
Very fine, retaining 90% original nickel finish with light to minor flaking on the balance. 90% original case colors remain on the hammer and trigger guard. The grips are fine with a faded right panel, minor handling marks and crisp checkering overall. Mechanically excellent. The stock retains 97% original nickel plating and has some minor handling marks on the wood. The .38/44 New Model No. 3 equipped with an original shoulder stock is on of the scarcest and hard to find of the large frame single action S&Ws!